Classic Cinema: Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) – By Jason S. Lockard


This month we begin a look back at arguably the greatest sci-fi film series of all time, Star Wars. We are starting this look back with the first of the films to be released. The film that has now come to be known as episode IV featuring star of the month Princess Leia herself Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher was born October 21st 1956 in Beverly Hills, California. She was the daughter Hollywood royalty singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. But at the age of two, her parents divorced. Carrie attended Beverly Hills High School, but she left to join her mother on the road. She appeared in the hit Broadway revival Irene, which starred her mother.

Later in 1973 she enrolled at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for 18 months. Just a little less than two years later she made her film debut in the Columbia comedy Shampoo. After that she would take the role of the iconic Princess of Alderaan.

In the first film of the original trilogy that has become known as Episode IV: A New Hope. Luke Skywalker, a young farmer on the desert planet Tatooine unlocks a hidden message in a little droid. The message is from the beautiful Princess Leia. She is in trouble and needs that help of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. After Luke’s gaurdians are killed there was nothing left for him to do but to help save the Princess.

Luke and Obi-wan join forces with the cocky pilot of the Millennium Falcon and hisĀ  wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca. They are the only hope to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, the death star and the evil Darth Vader.

Since her role as Princess Leia Carrie Fisher continued acting and and writing original works, but she was also one of the top script doctors in Hollywood. She evenĀ  wrote and performed in her one-woman play Wishful Drinking at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from November 7, 2006, to January 14, 2007.

Some people just want to distance themselves from a role that they are just known for. Well, know at the writing of this article we are just a short 2 month from the debut of Episode VII of Star Wars and yes Carrie Fisher Princess Leia will make an appearance. And we wait with bated breath.

Until next month when we check out the episode V of the original trilogy this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a great film check out a classic.

Moral Rating: violence
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: Adventure / Scifi
Length: 2 hours 5 minutes
Released: 1977
Rating: A-